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the president's pick to head to the pentagon. why chuck hagel is facing bitter opposition and he's fighting back. >>> and blackberry, a new operating system and a new name. but is it enough to survive? if there was a pill to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. music: "make someone happy" music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ it's so important to make meone happy.♪ ♪make just one someone happy ♪and you will be happy too. >>> john kerry had no trouble sailing through the senate confirmation process but president obama's pick for defense secretary is facing a much tougher road. the former senator chu
the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator hagel, the qu
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and first vietnam veteran to lead the pentagon. >>> federal agents seized nearly $14 million worth of fake nfl merchandise. just three days ago until the big game and officers have intercepted 160,000 bogus pieces of super bowl memorabilia. authorities say criminal organizations are actually stealing from american businesses as they try to pass off the knockoffs as the real deal. >>> for more on super bowl xlvii let's send things down to wusa9's andrea roane. she is anchoring our brit and grit coverage -- our blitz and glitz coverage in new orleans. >> reporter: hi. good evening. we don'tike the idea of snow in your forecast because we're having a beautiful evening here. we want to thank david and carol for allowing us to use their beautiful balcony. look at that backdrop again, the brewery and the beautiful lights. it's a gorgeous evening, more and more fans coming into town, more and more ravens fans coming in and they are thrilled about the fact that new orleans is supporting them. everyone is talking about not the baltimore ravens or ray lewis or the 49ers. they're talking halftime en
senator hagel? the question ask were you right or wrong? gwen: the president's pentagon choice finds hit -- his worst enemies in his own party. covering the week, david wessel of "the wall street journal." vaughn johnson of national joran. kirn tumulty of the national post and doyle mcmanus of the national times. >> award-winning reporting and nanls -- analysis, covering history as it happens. live in our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill and national journal." corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> this rock has never stood still. since 1875 we've been there for our clients through good times and bad. when their needs changed we were there to meet them. through the years from insurance to investment management from real estate to retirement solutions, we've deneded pew ideas for the financial challenges ahead. this rock has never stood still, and that's one thing that will never change. prudential. >> additional corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by boeing. additional funding is provided by the annenberg foundation, the cor
'll have the latest. our big story, happening now the president's pick to lead the pentagon is facing his critics. i'm jenna lee. jon: good to have you back after a week away. jenna: hope you missed me desperately. jon: yes we did. i'm jon scott. whether chuck hagel will be confirmed as defense secretary the republican taking questions from his former colleagues on the senate armed services committee. many in his own party criticizing him ever sips his nomination was announced saying is not sufficiently pro-israel and he needs to be. he is criticized for his quotes on the jewish lobby and gay rights. no matter what he said in the past his world view has stayed the same. >> my overall world view has never changed. that america has and must maintain the strongest military in the world. that we must lead in the international community, to confront threats and challenges together. and take advantage of opportunities together. that we must use all our tools of american power to protect our citizens and our interests. jon: let's talk about the hearings with chris wallace, the ainge core of -- a
-israel, homophobic politicians eager to get the pentagon's budget. pushback during meetings appears to have been effective, said an official helping him to prepare for the hearing. the effort to vilify hagel and his record as remain at a bus but has not reached the type of crescendo that has doomed high- profile political nominations in the past. 'we have had a very impressive strategy for tackling some of the issues that have been raised,' the hagel aide said on wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the nomination's outlook. that is not to say that the confirmation is a foregone conclusion, supporters concede. critics have piled on to the initial critiques with charges that hagel's ties to defense contractors and other private sector firms may create conflict of interest. senator carl levin, the chair of the senate armed services committee, says that hagel will face tough questions about his past demands. democrats outnumber republicans on the panel 14-12, but committee insiders are not assuming that hagel will get the votes of every democrat. 'the confirmation will not b
. androgel 1.62%. >>> a new poll finds the nation strongly in support of the pentagon's announcement that women will be able to serve combat roles in the military. gallup reports 74% in favor of the decision. and the numbers hold up when you break it down by sex. joining me now is mary jennings-hagar. she served two tours of duty in afghanistan, also injured in combat when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down. m.j., such a pleasure to have you on the back. >> good morning, alex. >> in life, as we all know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> and when you heard that, what did you think? >> that he completely understands where where we're coming from. that's what we're asking for. nobody is asking for fwaurn tgu positions many we're asked for the opportunity to compete, based on skill rather than gender. >> you are one of the women that brought the lawsuit. was it evident when you brought the case that the pentagon would change its stance? >> you know, alex, i have to be honest, i
of the questions have come out of pentagon and have been answered about why it took so long. >> actually not satisfactory. how on september 11th, of all days, with all these warnings didn't we have assets there for seven hours to -- there's so many questions that -- >> so this is not over in your mind at all, not over. >> what did the president do during this period of time? there's two movies been made about getting bin laden with every ticktock of heavy minute. we still don't know what the president was doing, but more importantly, martha, more importantly than that, very quickly, is what's happening all over north africa? what's happening in the middle east? things are deteriorating in a rapid fashion, and it's because of a lack of american leadership. >> deteriorating certainly in north africa. a lot of presence of al qaeda. >> iraq, syria. >> let's go to syria and talk about syria. i actually spoke to secretary of defense leon panetta last week about syria, and he had some pretty alarming things to say. he basically said those shells that the u.s. knew they were loading, artillery s
to be running the pentagon. >> sam? >> well, i slightly disagree with robert. >> i thought you might. >> you know, actually it's funny because some of these questions did produce interesting, illustrative answers. for instance, when ron johnson got hillary clinton to say what difference does it make? well, it does make a difference. the problem i found with the questions was they ended up stepping on the news. they became so demonstrative and so theatrical that they ended up stealing the spotlight from the answers. that did a disservice in some respects to the question. >> is the real story the feeder of the questions or hagel's fumbling performance? i think it's the latter. i think hagel had a dismal performance at that hearing. did he seem competent to run the pentagon? there were a lot of questions even among democrats after that hearing whether he's ready. >> i don't disagree with that. i think hagel had a really poor performance. what i'm saying is for these senators -- if you looked at what ted cruz was asking about, association with an israeli diplomat that basically 99.9% of the coun
, the pentagon drone arsenal as you pointed out, 50. thousand 7,500. >> it's a complete transformation. and you can see why. i mean, dreens are incredibly powerful. they provide an instantaneous response. they gather their own surveillance, information. and they're very cheap. they cost less than a conventional aircraft. >> and so that would make for logic in use but as you pointed out, our ability to understand how legally and ethically to use them, we have talked about other countries, for example, and what if it's turned on us? those are the questions that you pose in this in addition to domestically, there are law enforcement agencies, you told me in the break about a dozen. and brings up your rights as a citizen of this country. >> i find it interesting that the technology so disruptive in the battle space, we are still in all kinds of moral quandaries of how to use them, where to use it, what does it mean? now bringing them back home. giving them to law enforcement and also to private industry. >> such as? private industry? >> hollywood wants to use them to take movies. real estate agents
the rocketer which is referring to the pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in combat roles. coming up on this edition of "the washington journal," we will be talking with kayla williams about the decision to lift the ban on combat roles. later we will take a look at the best and worst bosses on capitol hill. we will be right back after this break. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> if we turned away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces which are bringing about this suffering. >> it is a bully pulpit and you have to take advantage of it. >> obesity is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> a zero antennas come up and tell me when somebody has their own agenda. >> it would be a shame to waste it. >> i think they serve as a window on the past to what was going on with american women. >> she becomes the chief confidante. she is the only one he can trust. >> many women who were first ladies, a lot of them were riders. >> they are in many cases more interesting as human beings tha
. it has been happening for the last several months. meanwhile at the pentagon officials are looking at big changes in how they fight cyber terror. bob orr is in washington. >> those attacks on the "new york times" and "wall street journal" are part of a plot to crack critical systems inside of the u.s. cyber detectives traced the computer break-ins at "the new york times" and "wall street journal" to government hackers inside china. chinese deny the allegations calling them not professional and groundless but both papers say there is evidence hackers stole reporters' passwords and attempted to monitor coverage of the chinese government. newspapers are just the latest targets. sources say state-sponsored spies mostly from china every day infiltrate a broad spectrum of government and business networks inside the u.s. >> cyber, i believe, represents as big a threat to the security of this country as any one specific threat. >> reporter: at his confirmation hearing thursday secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel warned computer-based attacks could be crippling
? >> that is a good point. you may recall the pentagon was very concerned about this saying they would have to cut about $100 billion right off the bat. some of the officials went to the white house and said let's make a deal on this. there will be a lot of pressure to do that. republicans agreed to raise the debt ceiling. that took away a little bit of their leverage going into negotiations at the end of february. here comes paul ryan. where has he been? he is making this line in the sand now. i think the white house is concerned because this could hurt the economy going forward if we go through these deep cuts and right now the white house is saying we need to keep the economy moving. we have to keep all eyes on that and continue to have growth and jobs. there is concern for the white house. >> ryan took one of his famous charts on "meet the press." you can tell immediately what he thinks the problem is, more spending cuts are needed. paul ryan says increasing revenue is off the table for now. the gop, the tax hikes during the fiscal cliff stuff. do they do it again? >> he was also asked and sid
are disappointed. >>> "the new york times" is reporting the pentagon is considering a plan to create a new base in north africa for spy drones. the move is in response to the fight against terror in africa. the u.s. has a limited presence in africa right now with only one permanent base. if approved, the new base could host as many as 300 american soldiers and private contractors. >>> time right now is 6:54. we're going to have one final check on weather and traffic when we eat good fats. avoid bad. don't go over 2000... 1200 calories a day. carbs are bad. carbs are good. the story keeps changing. so i'm not listening... to anyone but myself. i know better nutrition when i see it: great grains. great grains cereal starts whole and stays whole. see the seam? more processed flakes look nothing like natural grains. you can't argue with nutrition you can see. great grains. search great grains and see for yourself. for multi grain flakes that are an excellent source of fiber try great grains banana nut crunch and cranberry almond crunch. >>> welcome back. 6:58. a mix of sunshine and clouds. 60s in a
: what's the problem taking out the ridiculous spending? >> exactly. gerri: a pentagon official cede said if sequester goes through, hundreds of thousands of civilian employees furloughed. what do you think? >> that's probably true. you know, and it's unfortunate, and i've been saying this for months that the sequester is not a good way to cut spending, but i hate to say it, could be the only way to get cuts in spending. we have to do this. look, you know it, we can't borrow 40 cents for every dollar spent, not a trillion dollars a year, it's unfortunate, people lose jobs. i live in northern virginia, people on the street i live will be affected by this, but you know what? business had to cut people; right? i mean, businesses got trimmed. they got efficient, and, actually, businesses, as you know, you just covered the story, united states is the place to live best in. why can't government be efficient like private industry does? gerri: we can dream, steve. by the way, you are one of my favorite guests of all time. i have to say that. thanks for bringing your smart comments. >> have a grea
camerota. rough ride for pick to run the pentagon. chuck hagel's hearing questions questions his competence. the white house thinks he did just fine? >> we are moments away from finding out whether we are stuck with six more weeks of winter. punxsutawney phil about to give his first alert forecast. let's all say it now, gobbler's knob. that's where we are going. >> punxsutawney, pennsylvania. the big easy gearing up for the big game. brian kilmeade is on the bayou with some huge guests. we are going to look for his shadow as well. "fox & friends" hour two starts right now. >> happy groundhogs day. >> good saturday afternoon, good morning, i don't know. saturday morning. >> it is afternoon somewhere. >> maybe in new zealand it's saturday afternoon. good morning, everyone. we are just a few days away from brian kilmeade being able to watch the game live super bowl game live. there is brian kilmeade staring at cheerleaders. >> it's the 49ers facing off against the ravens. super bowl number 47. good morning to you, brian. what's you got for us? >> first up, i think it's time to meet some of the
and afghanistan. why did it take so long for the pentagon to recognize the true role of women in these combat positions? >> bureaucratic institutions change more slowly than almost anything else in the universe, slower than evolution, and it usually takes a great deal of leadership or some catastrophic event to change them. i think the irony is that the war we've been fighting for the last ten years which as you said, were casualties were the catalyst that changed everything because we decided we weren't going to put women in combat units and we were fighting in environments that there are no front lines and everybody realized that there was a difference. everybody's a target and the ban against women were women if combat all of the time. >> what are going to be some of the obstacles to put in this plan in place in the military? >> of course, there are always administrative and logistical decisions that will have to be made and that will take some time. women have to apply to be in combat units, and i think some combat units and most notably, special operations and organizations are probably
happened here is the pentagon chief, currently leon panetta, has said here's the deal, women are now able to be in the front lines in combat. you have time, he says to the military to come back and tell me if women should be excluded from certain jobs. here is the idea r you have to have -- in special ops, in particular, there are huge physical challenges, even for the fittest of men. the question whether women who biologically have less upper body strength, can qualify and use the same qualifications as men. now, clearly, there are some women who can, but we will see over the next six months or so if anyone comes back and says i just don't think this is a job that a female can do but i think he expect a pretty easy transition. as we know, women have been in combat in terms of supporting combat, women killed in afghanistan and iraq, so it is not a huge leap but it is a cultural leap and there are certain jobs where you cannot bring down the qualifications, where men and women are going to have to meet the same qualifications and the question is whether women can, simply by virtue, at leas
, especially on what? defense. the pentagon spent almost 13% more than normal in the third quarter, but at the end of the year, defense spending suddenly dropped 22%. that's the biggest drop in defense spending since 1972. the private sector did its part to grow the economy. families worked hard. they spent some money. businesses made some investments. but government spending dipped. and pulled the entire economy down with it. less spending caused less growth. but republicans like paul ryan keep saying, well, these cuts are going to boost the growth. >> we're not preaching austerity. we're preaching growth and opportunity. our job, our goal is to prevent and preempt austerity so we can get back to growth. >> really? countries like greece, italy and spain and france have done exactly what ryan wants this country to do. they cut government spending to pay off their debt. now the eurozone has posted record unemployment and poverty. we are facing $85 billion in automatic spending cuts on march 1st. we probably shouldn't trust republicans who think austerity is the best way to go for th
their motivations are. more on that in moment. first, too chris lawrence at the pentagon. the turkish government says it does have more sense of who the attacker was. >> yeah, erin, they think it's a man ichevich sham li, member of the revolution people's liberation party. they say he trained in europe how to make bombs and has attacked turkish military and police officials before. right now they're doing dna tests to confirm his i. dix. the group is a throwback to the cold war, a far left revolutionary group that wants to overthrow turkey's government and establish some sort of communist state. >> why would they target the u.s. embassy? >> they are anti-capitalist. and they're very, very opposed to the u.s. and nato. analysts say probably two reasons for this attack. one is to embarrass the turkish government. two is to protest the presence of u.s. patriot missiles on turkish soil. right now, 400 american troops are in turkey and they are moving that patriot missile battery into position on turkey's border with syria. turkey requested that help because of the mortars flying in from syria and th
to lead in the pentagon. >> i saw on the ground what happens and saw the suffering and the horror of war. >> reporter: sam nunn strongly supports hagel's nomination. >> he comes from the republican side but he has a lot of admirers on the democratic side of the aisle. he's a war hero. >> reporter: if confirmed hagel will be the only republican in president obama's cabinet. danielle nottingham, cbs news capitol hill. >> we have to note for you republican senator marco rubio is out with a statement released during the hearing today saying he is opposing hagel's confirmation. >>> the american kennel club is releasing its list of most popular dogs in this country for 2012. you'll find out which breeds made the top five coming up. >> up next your first look at some of what's going on display at this year's washington auto show. don't forget we're always on at www.wusa9.com and the wusa9 app. stay with us. we'll be right back. we gotta sell the car. where would we even start? get the car. hi howard. get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no str
, a new poll finds that the nation is strongly in support of the pentagon's announcement this week that women will now be able to serve in combat roles in the military. gallup report said 74% of people are in favor of the decision. those numbers hold up when you break them down by men and women as well. let me bring in democratic congress woman loretta sanchez, senior female member of the house armed services committee and homeland security committee. thank you so much for being here with us. why now is this time right time to do this? is it overdue would you say? is there something about it happening right now that's good timing? >> well, t.j., i've been fighting for about the last five or six years with a bill in the house to recognize what we already know. our women have been fighting in iraq and afghanistan. there is no frontline. everywhere is the frontline. they've been in combat. they've been killed. they're p.o.w.s. they've been wounded. and yet they have never received the recognition north pay nor the promotions due to the fact that they would be in combat. so it's long o
that the pentagon may have plans for a surgical strike on iran's nuclear facilities. the president of a foundation that focuses on nuclear weapons policy, joe thank you so much for being here. we have two issues to take up. let's begin with iran. what do you think of this? it only makes sense but to hear it from ehud barak, a lot of people are paying attention that u.s. has plans for a surgical strike on their facilities. what do you make of that. >> most experts interpreted that as israel sort of backing away from a threat of launching a full-scale military attack itself. he was saying, there's a lot of other possibilities here. we don't have to go in with a sledge hammer. this is a word he used. you can go in with a scalpel. the u.s. has military scalpels it's prepared. this sosk true. options that would perhaps take out a single facility or a critical node in the infrastructure. this is a good sign for us that the israelis are willing to give diplomacy more of a chance. you heard senator kerry in his testimony just this week to be secretary of state asserting that he wants to give diplomacy a c
into a pentagon badly in need of more reform, more budget cutting, and who better to do that, than someone with the kind of credibility with the troops that chuck hagel has. >> chuck schumer, speaking of chucks, another chuck, ari, chuck schumer, as you know, a very strong supporter of israel, very tough on iran and its nuclear program. he had a private meeting with hagel, emerged strongly endorsing hagel, saying he'll vote to confirm him. you read that long statement that schumer put out on what he was told by hagel during the course of that private meeting. i rey sum that's reassuring. i assume that's reassuring to you. is it reassuring enough for republicans to vote to confirm him? >> no, i think hagel has broken the land speed record for the most apologies on a way to a hopeful confirmation. i've never heard of a nominee who has apologized to so many different people for so many different positions he's took over his career in order for him to get confirmed. i suspect this is more a confirmation conversion than anything heartfelt from hagel. that's why he's saying this. explaining away
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